ERIC Number: ED465396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Shared Governance in Community Colleges in the Global Economy.
Kater, Sue; Levin, John S.
This study consisted of document analysis of collective bargaining agreements of full-time faculty representing public community colleges in 22 states. Documents were analyzed and coded, and sixteen governance areas were identified, including budget, calendar, curriculum, discipline, evaluation, and tenure. In total, 237 contracts representing faculty at 301 community colleges were reviewed. Findings indicated that: (1) the most commonly cited areas of faculty participation, expressed as a percentage of contracts reviewed, were grievance (93%), faculty evaluation processes (52%), sabbatical recommendations (49%), retrenchment (42%), the college calendar (40%), and curriculum (39%); (2) over one-third of the contracts (38%) required faculty participation in the hiring of new faculty; (3) faculty are contractually bound to joint action with administration in decision-making in limited governance areas, primarily grievance (93%); and (4) in 55% of the contracts, variables for the 16 governance areas were not addressed, or there was no indication of the process of decision-making. This study indicates that centralization of decision-making through collective bargaining has not limited faculty in their participation in governance, but rather through contractual agreements expanded their influence and participation. Economizing behaviors, represented by faculty participation in governance, are evident in community colleges and are consistent with their integration into the global economy. (Contains 47 references and 4 tables.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).